We decided to add a Kaikoura visit to our south island trip since we were
going to arrive early in NZ because of some free first class tickets that
were only available on an earlier date. We found The Factory on Trip Advisor
and were amazed to see 100% 5 star glowing reviews. After having stayed
there for two days I now wish there were 10 stars available, it was that good.
Paul picked us up at the train from Christchurch. We had paid the small added
fee for him to act as a chauffeur (available to those train arrivals lacking a vehicle).
He took us to several spots of interest for photos as well as to town for dinner one
night and takeaway another night. He also took us out for night photos the last evening.
I cannot imagine a better host (and I have a great imagination). The accommodations
were high end in every sense - everything from the appliances to the tableware were high end.
The decor was very stylish, as can be seen from the gallery on their website (do a Google
search for "the hapuku factory"). The beach is a walk of under 5 minutes.
I have only a four regrets:
1) We did not get to meet Paul's wife as she was away on family matters.
2) The weather was less than ideal.
3) I could not try the crayfish since I am allergic to shellfish.
4) We did not stay longer.
If you are visiting Kaikoura, have read these reviews, and can afford it, you
you are just plain stupid if you do not book as many nights as you can and stay at
this amazing place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Factory offers luxury accommodation in an historic building on the beachfront at Hapuku. Here, you can relax in peace and privacy with views of the ocean on one side and stunning snow-capped mountains on the other. Hapuku is less than 10 minutes drive from Kaikoura which is famous for its amazing marine wildlife. The Factory offers exclusive use of the guest wing and is perfect for couples, families or small groups of friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Factory Hotel Kaikoura